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    Tailgate Generator

    Looking at getting a tailgate generator for this fall. I'm not really looking for it to do anything else than run a tv, stereo...maybe a hotplate if the old lady tags along. I've heard from guys on here that noise is an important issue. I'm not really looking to spend a lot if I can since I'm only really using this on fall Saturdays in Ames. I've linked below the generator I've got my eye on at Home Depot. Pretty darn cheap and it seems to have decet reviews.

    I know some around here have some sweet generators but what's everyones thoughts on generators?

    All Power 1,000-Watt 2 Stroke Gasoline Powered Portable Generator-APG3004A at The Home Depot



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    Dear god, if noise is an issue do not buy that. One word. Honda



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    Re: Tailgate Generator

    Quote Originally Posted by EJ4CY View Post
    Dear god, if noise is an issue do not buy that. One word. Honda
    Really?? It's only 65 db which is pretty low noise. It's part of the reason I like it (other than price) I also read that any generator around 70 is good but to try and stay away from anything close to 80.



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    Re: Tailgate Generator

    Dont waste your money 1,000 watt is low and wont power what you want easily.
    I use a Honda 2,000 watt for 19" tv,hot plate sometimes a crockpott which can really suck the juice.
    yamaha makes some good generators too slightly more quiet than Honda's but not much.

    The generator is nice to have in case the power goes out which I hope is not often but when it does from storm or whatever you will be glad you shelled out the dough for something nice. years ago we had a ice storm in cedar rapids area it knocked out power for 3 days and most businesses were closed and ones that were not, didnt take credit cards and atms were down. we had a cheap 1,000 watt generator it could barely power a small heater and cause it was a cheap pos it would decide to shutdown on its own every so often was a pain to pull start it back on too.

    Honda and Yamaha are good quality products price may not be cheap but in some goods you more often than not get what you pay for.


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    Re: Tailgate Generator

    Get a honda or a yamaha.



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    Re: Tailgate Generator

    Get a marine battery and power inverter. Will run a tv and satellite box for several hours, no noise and less than $100. An old Coleman stove works great if you need a hot plate.



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    Re: Tailgate Generator

    I bought a generator like this one below about 3 years ago at Northern Tool in Johnston and love it. I was told Powerhorse is a poor mans Honda. The sound doesn't bother us or the people around us. I definitely wouldn't by smaller than a 2200 surge. I run a TV/Stereo/hot pot/phone chargers and it will trip from time to time.

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    Re: Tailgate Generator

    Why wouldnt you get a power inverter? Also any "generator noise" is to loud, maybe nobody has said anything but i assure you the neighbors are annoyed



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    Re: Tailgate Generator

    70 db is considered as normal speach at 3ft between people, so 65 isn't to loud, but 1,000 watts is not much at all. I bought a Champion from Sam's a while back and have loved it.

    Here is an ad for one: champion generator

    You can connect two of them together like the Honda's to get more watts.


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    Re: Tailgate Generator

    Quote Originally Posted by EJ4CY View Post
    Dear god, if noise is an issue do not buy that. One word. Honda
    Yeah, for tailgating, Honda is the best. Very quiet. some of the cheaper ones will work, but you're gonna bother your neighbors a lot.


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    Re: Tailgate Generator

    Quote Originally Posted by justcynn View Post
    Get a marine battery and power inverter. Will run a tv and satellite box for several hours, no noise and less than $100. An old Coleman stove works great if you need a hot plate.
    This. Inverters are the way to go. 100% chance of not ******* your neighbors off with noise. Plus a 4000 watt weigh about 2 pounds.


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    Re: Tailgate Generator

    Quote Originally Posted by justcynn View Post
    Get a marine battery and power inverter. Will run a tv and satellite box for several hours, no noise and less than $100. An old Coleman stove works great if you need a hot plate.
    Ok, you got me interested. Do you or anybody have a specific set up that you could recommend me looking into? I'm not that familiar with marine batteries...can you just simply get a marine battery and any power inverter will hook right up to it?



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    Re: Tailgate Generator

    Marine batteries are slow discharge batteries. Our RV has them and doing something simple like running our furnace they last about 6 hours. The downside of going the battery route is when they are done...so are you.



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    If you buy anything beside Honda or Yamaha, you deserve the dirty looks you'll receive from those around you.



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    Re: Tailgate Generator

    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    Why wouldnt you get a power inverter? Also any "generator noise" is to loud, maybe nobody has said anything but i assure you the neighbors are annoyed
    Should have been more clear. We actually plug our RV into the generator and use the outlets in the RV to run everything else. If the little amount of noise our generator produces annoys anyone, I'd be surprised. Our TV sits 10 feet from it and doesn't bother anyone trying to listen to the whatever they are watching.



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